Braising is such a good way to prepare less expensive, and therefore less tender, cuts of meat like lamb shoulder chops. Lamb shoulder chops are a good $10 per pound less than the very tender lamb loin chops, and they are every bit as delectable if you cook them long lamb shanks in red wine recipes slow. Of course, that takes time. Consequently I recommend this wonderful dish for a special weekend dinner as total preparation time will be about 2 1/2 hours. I served braised lamb chops recently with a tossed green salad with raisins and persimmons, which can be prepared while the lamb cooks.
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Chocolate Pastry - Ah, the taste of wine, cheese, and chocolate! This delicious trio is a must with any glass of wine. Treat yourself to a scrumptious chocolate pastry with your slow cooker lamb shanks in red wine, and you'll be in heaven.
Fins Creekside in Calabasas and Fins Seafood Grill in Agoura Hills/Westlake Village offer an a la carte menu including a four-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings or, as alternatives, slow cooked lamb shanks in red wine and garlic, or - this being a seafood restaurant - lobster pasta, halibut, salmon and other fish entrees. Cost: $49.99 for adults, $19.95 for children.
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White wines tend to be lighter and go well with seafood. A crisp sauvignon blanc, or the French counterpart sancerre, always pair well with shellfish. The citrus notes are very refreshing on a hot summer day. If you are eating a more heavier sauced fish a rich, buttery chardonnay might be a better choice. Always remember, however, champagne works well with anything! If you are trying to impress, start off with a true French champagne, and if you find Bollinger on the menu, scoop it up! It is made with pinot noir grapes so tends to be not as dry as the bruts.
Tip: Watch out for lamb shanks, they tend to be very poor quality, 'boil in the bag', with a shelf life of years due to preservatives and pasteurization.
For a southern style Thanksgiving buffet, try B. Smith in the East Hall of Union Station (500 Massachusetts Ave.NE, 202/289-6188). The Thanksgiving dinner buffet will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and includes roasted strip loin, roast turkey, southern style green beans, jambalaya, garlic mashed potatoes and sweet potato cheesecake. Cost is $59.95 for adults and $19.95 for children.